There have not been very many things to celebrate when it comes to Team USA's performance in the Ryder Cup recently, with five defeats in the last six events, and seven of the last nine titles going to Europe.

In fact, if you're trying to find a silver lining here, it's that the Ryder Cup is only played every two years, or the embarrassment might be even deeper for the American squad.

AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Hunter Mahan of the United States tees off watched by Bubba Watson of the United States and caddie Ted Scott during practice ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 25, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

 

In this month's 'Off The Tee', I talked with Joel Harrington from 4 Deep Golf about the recent skid for the U.S. team, and whether this year's squad has the right players to reverse that trend:

AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Justin Rose of Europe hits an approach to the 1st hole during practice ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 25, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

This year's event takes place at the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland.  The course was actually designed by former U.S. team captain Jack Nicklaus, and measures 7,262 yards off the championship tees.  Two of the final three finishing holes (#16 - 543 yards and #18 - 533 yards) are par fives.

I asked Joel about the format of the event, which features foursome and fourball play Friday and Saturday, and singles matches Sunday:

The 2016 Ryder Cup will take place nearby us at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota.